P A U L A S AN E A U X
Corpus & Auto- Objectification
Curated by Ezequiel Taveras
July 10 – August 3, 2018
IDB Staff Association Art Gallery
1300 New York Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20577
Opening reception: Tuesday, July 10, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Workshop by Paula Saneaux: Drawing and "Gesture" with Live Model: Wednesday, July 25, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Info.
Artist Visits: Every Thursday from 5:00 PM and by appointment. Inf.: / 434-249-0790
Curator Visit: TBA
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Staff Association Art Gallery will open a new exhibition featuring Dominican artist Paula Saneaux starting July 10, with an opening reception that evening, and will be on display through August 3. Corpus & Auto-Objectification showcases works that revolve around women’s experiences in regard to society, sexuality, fortune, and misfortune. Saneaux’s subjects range from women who are misjudged because of their unwillingness to conform to society’s standards; to wealthier women who objectify themselves because of the influence of media, the pressure of society, and/or mere pleasure; to prostitutes and victims of human trafficking.
Most of Saneaux’s works are acrylics and range in size from 20" x 20" to 58" x 88". Influenced by artists such as Odd Nerdrum, John Currin, Tamara de Lempicka, Balthus, Rembrandt, Sargent and the Pre-Raphaelites, Saneaux delves into the human psyche, exploring lust and eroticism, human nature, manipulation of the masses, poverty, lack of education, loss of respect for traditions, and taboos, among other themes.
The exhibition is curated by noted Dominican artist Ezequiel Taveras, Artist-in-Residence at Hunter College Ceramics Department and Curator of Julio Valdez Project Space. Reflecting on Saneaux’s work in Corpus & Auto-Objectification, Taveras says, “Paula efficiently handles her techniques, imbuing the drama and calamity with intimate beauty. She projects, involves, and eventually represents herself through each of her models without removing or altering their stories or personalities. She experiences their stories as her own, and recreates them with her nearly monochrome palette, where color -when it exists- is a mobile that pushes viewers to question or reconstruct ideas through their own stories.”
The opening reception, sponsored by the Executive Director for the Dominican Republic at the IDB, will take place on Tuesday, July 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and is free to the public. The Gallery is a block away from Metro Center and it is open Monday through Friday from 1 to 7 pm. Guided visits with the artist will take place on July 18th and August 1st at 6:30 pm. A price list and catalogue will be available at the gallery. More information about the exhibition can be found at IDB Staff Association Art Gallery.